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Our 2019 Judges

Sam Choy
Sam Choy
Chef
Sam Choy is a chef, restaurateur, and television personality known as a founding contributor of "Pacific rim cuisine". Choy is an alumnus of the Kapiolani Community College Culinary Arts program. One of his first jobs as a chef was at The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. He would then return to Hawaii, where he eventually opened a chain of restaurants. Choy helped develop and popularize Hawaii regional cuisine.
Shawn Ford
Shawn Ford
Hospitality Trainer
Shawn Ford is a nationally recognized, award-winning hospitality trainer, operator and concept developer. A respected industry "voice" with 25+ years of hands-on experience, he is responsible for developing, launching, rebranding and training at over 300 stores. An owner of a bar and production company, he appears as a resident Master Mixologist on the hit Paramount Network TV show Bar Rescue, and is chairman of Liquid Savant Consulting.
Aaron Sanchez
Aaron Sanchez
Award Winning Chef
Aarón Sánchez is an award-winning chef, TV personality, cookbook author and philanthropist. He is the chef/owner of Mexican restaurant Johnny Sánchez in New Orleans, and a judge on Fox’s hit culinary competition series MASTERCHEF. He co-starred on Food Network's "Chopped" and "Chopped Junior," and is the author of two cookbooks. An active philanthropist, he launched a scholarship for aspiring chefs from the Latin community.
Manny Hinojosa
Manny Hinojosa
Mixologist
Manny's passion and deep knowledge of tequila production along with his mixology ability makes him the ideal TEQUILA CAZADORES ® Brand Ambassador. Always using traditional ingredients, Manny has over 25 years' experience in the industry developing cocktails for some of the world's best bars, hotels, restaurants and chefs in Mexico and America.
Jeff Berry
Jeff "Beachbum" Berry
Author
One of Imbibe magazine’s “25 Most Influential Cocktail Personalities of the Past Century” and one of The Daily Meal’s “60 Coolest People in Food & Drink,” Jeff “Beachbum” Berry has authored six books on vintage Tiki drinks and cuisine, which Los Angeles magazine dubbed “the keys to the tropical kingdom.” Esquire calls him “one of the instigators of the cocktail revolution” and Food & Wine “one of the world’s leading rum experts.”
Christopher Teves
Christopher Teves
Publisher/Editor-in-Chief
Born and raised in Hawaii, Christopher Teves is the owner and publisher of Service Publications, Inc., publisher of the Hawai‘i Beverage Guide, a comprehensive buyers’ guide and news magazine for the beverage industry in Hawai‘i. Christopher has over 15 years of marketing and sales experience in the beverage industry and oversees production and sales operations for the magazine.
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Juan Coronado
Food and Wine Vet
An18-plus year veteran of the food and wine industry, Juan Coronado got his start surrounded by Champagne as a sommelier for Bubble Lounge in New York and San Francisco. He shared his knowledge beyond the lounge, teaching classes on Champagne 101 for The New York Times.
John Mooney
John Mooney
Chef
Chef John Mooney’s professional life has been a winding culinary journey through all corners of the world. After attending Kendall Culinary School in Illinois, Mooney worked in kitchens around the country, first for Chef Gabino Sotelino at nouveau French Ambria and Chef Dean Fearing at The Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas. Later, he moved to Washington, D.C., to high-end Red Sage and Asian street food venture Raku.